Amita Fotedar

Urban Sprawls to Sustainable Communities

Urban sprawl is another name for suburbanization or suburban sprawl. It is basically the movement of human population from densely populated metropolitan urban towns and cities to low density, monofunctional and car dependent communities. This kind of movement results in encroachment of farmlands, the geographic expansion and spreading of a town or a city, eating up the biodiversity and threatening the earth’s sustainability. Migration and urban sprawl is not something […]

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Green Homes: Towards Energy Efficient Housing

Globally, energy efficiency possesses about 40% of the GHG emission reduction potential at a cost of less than €60 per metric ton of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e). The significance of energy efficiency for a sustainable future is rooted in three issues 1) fossil fuel depletion, 2) Emission of GHG (CO2) causing climate change, and 3) the soaring costs of energy and water. Green Homes / Buildings are a promising pathway towards […]

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Composting – A Solution to the Burning Problem of Solid Waste Management

There exists a humongous problem of solid waste management being faced by the entire world. Garbage generated and gathered in our houses, offices, businesses and industrial establishments is essentially what is called as solid waste. And with growing population, urbanisation and industrialisation, more trash is being produced which is a constant threat to environment and health safety. Every day waste is a mix of organic and inorganic stuff and if […]

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Organic Farming – A Boon for Environmental Sustainability

Organic farming is a holistic approach to integrated farming that produces food and meat without using conventional fertilisers, synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, chemicals or genetically modified organisms. Organic farming strives for sustainability, ensures crops which do not have any harmful residues, and enterprises methods which are sustainable and maintain harmony with nature. (Darnhofer et al, 2010). History of Organic Farming The birth of Organic farming dates back to 1940s when […]

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Kerosene transition to off-grid lighting solutions – Situation Analysis

Some 1 billion people do not have access to clean and sustainable light sources because they are not connected to national grids. The only accessible option for some is kerosene lighting and cooking (Kaygusuz, 2012). The major population who have no access to light is concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa with around 598 million people living in darkness and relying on conventional energy sources like the kerosene. Kerosene lighting has detrimental […]

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